Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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Brothers and sisters, Talofa!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!! Well, it turns out that I am getting transferred out of the Samoan area! I will be going to the Hunter and Hunter East Stake! So, I’ll be going back to white people. haha! It’s close by my last area in Hunter South. It’s just right across the street! So. it’s going be fun going back to the Hunter District! So, I will be here for Christmas, as well. My new companion is Elder Gee, and he is from Michigan and I’m super excited to be with him! He has been out for almost as much as me for 16 months.

My last week here in the Samoan area I said my goodbyes to the investigators and members. We had our lesson with E.J. And Emerson which was great. We taught them the commandments, and they are super excited are ready to be baptized soon! We also had lunch with one of our members this week at Olive Garden which was a lot of fun! Their son actually recently got his mission call to Canada! So it was awesome to see that happen! Hard to believe I hit 17 months this past week, but it’s gone by very fast! Only 7 more months left, and I know it’s going to be awesome! I’m excited to spend my winter in Hunter (or as they say it in Utah Hun’er)! It also snowed a bit on Friday during our last district meeting so that fun! The mountains are solid white now from the snow! It’s almost time to build some snowmen, haha! Although, it warmed up for Thanksgiving though. So we aren’t quite there yet.

I’m really enjoying it here in Hunter, and we are making flyers to put in the Church buildings so people can know who we are since we cover two stakes! We don’t have a car. It’s a pretty big area, but I’m pretty excited for it! I’m defiantly going to miss the Samoan culture (and their food haha!) but I’m ready for a change. And I hope I can do my best to serve in this new area! Also, I get to burn some pants for the 18th month mark next month. So I’m excited to do that! I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving! I love all of y’all! Stay safe! Love y’all!

Elder Bowie
Hunter & Hunter East Stakes
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, November 13, 2017

Samoan Week 17: It’s gonna to take Work!

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Brothers and Sisters Talofa!!

Good morning, everyone! This week has been great here in the mission field! This transfers has gone by so FAST! I will know next week if I stay or if I go somewhere else! Last Monday we had dinner with the Roys family, and then we did one of the new member lessons. So, that was a lot of fun! They are a great family and are awesome! We also have been teaching our new investigators, E.J. and Emerson, who are 9 and 8. They are really fun to work with! They live just down the street from us. So we see them a lot! On Saturday in our lesson EJ told us that he wants to be a missionary when he grows up! I thought that was soooo sweet! We showed them the baptism font and talked about being baptized with them. They are awesome and fun kids to teach!

Also, on Wednesday we had a dinner/lesson with Seryah, who is a 13 year old young women we started working with recently as well. She is super awesome and knows the gospel already super well! So she is prepared for sure! She is on date for baptism for December 9th! So it has been a really good week here in the Samoan area! I hope everyone is having a great week as well! Thanks again for all the support and love all of y’all give me! I love y’all! Stay safe and remember who you are!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission

Monday, November 6, 2017

Samoan Week 16: Baptism by Fire

unnamedBrothers and Sisters Talofa! I hope everyone is having a great morning! This week has been a lot of fun! Monday evening we had dinner with a part member family named the Nathans. They were awesome, and they are from Hawaii. They are even going to give us some lava lavas! So they were a great family, and we a lot of fun with their family. Wednesday we went down to Salt Lake City. Elder Miller had something he had to do down there, and we walked around for a little bit afterwards which was a lot fun as well! We met some missionaries from the Salt Lake Mission which was fun. It’s always fun to go downtown and to see the SLC Temple!

Thursday we had a baptism interview to do for the Sisters in our district which was fun. It was down in South Jordan. So, it was fun to drive down there. haha! District Meeting was good, and we talked about teaching skills from Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel and a little bit about the Book of Mormon. We got a new investigator Saturday! They are two brothers. One is 9 and the other is 8. So now we are working with them to prepared them to be baptized which is awesome! So, I look forward to working with them more now!

We also had a few lessons Sunday which was awesome! It’s great to see the work start picking up now! I love this area, and I can’t believe how fast this transfer is going! It’s already November! We also did Zumba this morning. If any of y’all know what that is, haha! And it was a lot of fun!! But, love y’all and I hope everyone has a great week!!

Elder Bowie
Samoan Wards
Salt Lake City West Mission